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Kurdish forces advance as international opposition to Islamic State grows
Kurdish forces advance as international opposition to Islamic State grows

On Sunday the Peshmerga, military of the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Iraq, gained control of parts of the Mosul Dam, as part of their advance against insurgents of the Islamic State. International opposition to the Islamic militant group has grown this week.

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Texas Governor Perry indicted on two felony counts
Texas Governor Perry indicted on two felony counts

Some Texans are calling for the resignation of Governor Rick Perry, after he was indicted on Friday on two felony counts.

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza continues after another ceasefire violation
Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza continues after another ceasefire violation

On Tuesday, an interim ceasefire between Israel and the armed factions in Gaza was broken again, ending the talks between the delegations of both sides in Cairo before a long term agreement could be achieved.

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Australian and British psychologists study errors in passport face matching
Australian and British psychologists study errors in passport face matching

Researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the UK universities of York and Aberdeen have measured face matching aptitude of 49 Australian passport-issuing officers and compared it against a control group of 38 students from UNSW. In the test given to both groups, both had a roughly 20% error rate.

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Taliban attacks in numbers amidst Afghani political stalemate
Taliban attacks in numbers amidst Afghani political stalemate

As a recount of the Afghan June run of presidential election continues, the Taliban have been launching attacks in greater numbers in an attempt to gain and hold territory.

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